Capacity Building & Education

Bahrain Joins CITES as 176th Member State [viewed]

4 September 2012:  The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has announced that Bahrain has ratified CITES and thus become its 176th Party. Bahrain is home to over 40 species listed in the CITES Appendices.

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SPREP, IMO Convene Workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas [viewed]

SPREP30 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Australia's Maritime Safety Authority, convened a workshop on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). The meeting aimed to assist in increasing protection of marine environments by building the capacity of Pacific Island nation representatives from the maritime and environment sectors to develop proposals for PSSAs.

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Micronesia Challenge Newsletter Highlights Community Conservation in Guam [viewed]

30 August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge Secretariat, features articles on: a marine protected areas (MPA) management meeting in Hawaii; the establishment of a coral reef monitoring programme in Guam; and the launch of a climate change canoe voyage.

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SPC Holds Agroforestry Training in Tonga [viewed]

SPC27 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) held a two-day agro-forestry training for 30 Tonga and ni-Vanuatu agroforestry students in Eua, Tonga, from 23-24 August 2012.

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Wageningen University Organizes Seminar on Genetic Resources Conservation and Use [viewed]

28 August 2012: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has notified stakeholders of an upcoming course on "Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use" and the application deadlines.

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Film Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Economic and Health Consequences of Water Pollution [viewed]

UNESCO23 August 2012: A film released by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment emphasizes the importance of clean water, noting that degradation of water quality threatens human lives by spreading waterborne diseases and causing radical declines in freshwater biodiversity, due to water pollution.

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World Water Week 2012 Opens with Focus on Water and Food Security [viewed]

26 August 2012: World Water Week 2012 is underway in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on the theme "Water and Food Security." The programme aims to engage participants on challenges posed by increased competition for water resources, driven in part by population growth and climate change, and its effects on agriculture and food security. World Water Week is organized annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

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Event: 2012 GBIF Science Symposium [viewed]

The 2012 GBIF Science Symposium, held in association with the 19th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board, will take place at Lillehammer University College in Norway and is open to the public. The theme of this year's symposium will be "GBIF at work - biodiversity data at the service of science and society." The symposium will feature eight presentations, including a keynote by Nathan Swenson, winner of the 2012 Ebbe Nielsen Prize, as well as a panel discussion on GBIF as data infrastructure to inform science and society.  

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Pacific Preparatory Meeting for COP 11 Focuses on Effective Engagement [viewed]

10 August 2012: Participants at the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties 11 (COP 11) gathered in Rotorua, New Zealand, from 10-13 August 2012, to prepare to engage at the international level in an effective manner. The meeting was coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and funded by the EU through the African Caribbean Pacific Multilateral Environment Agreement (ACP MEAs) Capacity Building Project, in partnership with the CBD Secretariat.

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MC Newsletter Highlights Socio-Economic Measures Workshop, Launch of Humåtak Project [viewed]

August 2012: The August 2012 issue of the "Micronesia Challenge Newsletter," published by the Micronesia Challenge (MC) Secretariat, features articles on a socio-economic measures workshop held in Palau, blog networks, the Humatak Project now underway in Guam and more.

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